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"I had a 380 Sundancer before this boat, and had a stressful time driving it in the very beginning. I did some research and put the Sideshift Bow and Stern thrusters on. To be honest, after 3 seasons of driving it I got kind of spoiled with the level of control that it gave me – in any sized slip or windy conditions. When our family upgraded to the 48’ Sea Ray, it came with a bow thruster from the factory, but it didn’t have a Stern Thruster. I felt in my first windy situation that I was missing some of the control that I really wanted to have. We investigated getting a Stern Thruster put on the boat, and some of the quotes we were getting were as high as $20,000. When I went back to Sideshift, it was awesome because it was only a fraction of that price. We got it installed, and I’m happy to report we got that same level of control in the new boat! One of the criteria I had was that I didn’t want to put any holes in the boat under the waterline, so it was nice that the Sideshift mounts above the waterline. Very non-intrusive. I can tell you that Sideshift makes boating amazing."
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
"Works fantastic. As you would imagine, coming into a slip with two feet on one side and one foot on the other with a 58 ft houseboat in a crosswind can be a bit challenging! I used to sweat a lot bringing it in, but not anymore. I know, even in wind, I can do it with little problems. What a huge difference these make! Should be standard on every houseboat."
New Palestine, IN, USA
"I have a Bow and a Stern Sideshift Thruster. When we moved up to the 32' Carver with the Flybridge, it was intimidating. It's wider, it's longer, not as easy to see off, and any breeze at all and you are a kite. Having the thrusters on this boat has enabled us to go out whereas, before we had the thrusters on, there were days we wouldn't go out because of the conditions. It's very nice to be able to catch the bow when the wind comes up, especially if I am backing in to a slip. I haven't noticed any difference in performance at slow or high speeds. Tight slips, wind, docking on the wrong side, whatever – it just takes all the stress out of my boating. There won't be another boat I'll own without Sideshift Thrusters on it."
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
"Our area has strong currents with 10' tides, so getting to and from the dock can be tricky. The combination of stern and bow thruster is a game changer and works great to reduce the most stressful time of boat operation. Your company sold me exactly what I asked for. My experience overall was very very good. I would definitely recommend you to others."
St. Simons, GA, USA
"I couldn't have been more satisfied with the entire purchasing process with Sideshift. Their customer service and technical support teams were very knowledgeable and patient with all of my questions and concerns. Installation was done entirely by myself while our 25' Harris Grand Mariner tri-toon was on it's lift at our dock. All instructions were clearly written along with drawings and photos to help identify each step. Parts were packaged exceptionally well and the complete unit arrived without one scratch and with almost everything needed for my particular installation. All components exposed to the environment appear to be either stainless steel, anodized or powder-coated. We have many restaurants around the Lake of the Ozarks here in Missouri and their various docks can get pretty congested on the weekends. Add a little wind to the equation, and docking can be a real challenge. I know that the Sideshift will make anyone look like a pro - whether you are pulling in or backing in."
Gravois Mills, MO, USA
"My wife wanted to sell the boat because of the lack of maneuverability. We bought bow and stern thrusters and now love the boat."
Ottawa, ON, CAN
"My purchase experience was excellent. I am still getting used to it as I have only used it 4 or 5 times, but it has made docking so much easier. "
Marlton, NJ, USA
"Purchasing was great, installation of the thruster unit was easy. The stern thruster works great for my 75ft houseboat. It has made docking in higher winds way less stressful and safer. I sleep better at night when out on the lake knowing the next day I don’t have to worry as much about changing wind conditions when I have to dock. The stern thruster makes my boating experience much more enjoyable! "
Columbia, TN, USA
"The thruster has out performed my expectations and a number of people at my marina that hadn't heard of this thruster before. My boat was very difficult to maneuver in tight marinas and avoided certain places; now I don't hesitate to go anywhere."
Bintree, Dereham, UK
"Customer Service "Second to None". Installation very straightforward courtesy of coherent instructions and excellent booklet. Sideshift fitted in order to moor in gaps otherwise too difficult in windy conditions. And it has provided this facility with ease. Very impressed with quality of the whole Sideshift Package."
"I bought my boat with the Sideshift bow thruster already installed. I love it. Docking is far more stressful without it. After 10 years the thruster needed some maintenance, and while it was off the boat I felt far less in control. "
Mississauga, ON, Canada
"Great, prompt and friendly service. Love the product. Much less anxiety docking. Keep up the great service and product."
Kildare Capes, PE, USA
"All went well... It performs excellent. "
Cobourg, ON, Canada
"Installation was 100% the best I've experienced for what some would look at as a major DIY project; me included. I installed a bow thruster and it's working great and exactly as it was promised on the website. I love the remote fob to activate the thruster. Thank you to the team at Sideshift for making me look like a docking pro."
Bentonville, AR, USA
"Installation was excellent, works perfectly as promised."
South Setauket, NY, USA
"Already installed when I purchased the boat. I have a single screw straight inboard so I’ll take all the help I can get! It’s nice to be able to give a little push."
Staten Island, NY, USA
"The service was amazing. Installation was painless. A few hours to install, and back in the water same day. Improved docking 100 percent. Had a hell of a time docking. While backing in, the bow was all over the place. Now with a quick tap on the Sideshift knob, I am able to bring the bow back into place . I dock in a place where there is only a few inches from the other boat and when the wind picks up it was impossible to dock. Many times I would not move the boat because I would have a tough time docking and now it’s a breeze. "
Toronto, ON, Canada
"Good service, easy to install. It's really helped me when I arrive at the dock. Yes, it has been a great help to reduce my stress when it is a windy day. For me, so far so good. This is a very good product and I don't hesitate to recommend the thruster to our friends at the marina."
Bowman, QC, Canada
"The purchasing process was flawless. My pontoon cost me 129k. I could not afford to not make the investment which has given me a stress free docking experience. More importantly protects my investment and others investments around me. Countless times I could have ended up with damage had I not been able to maneuver. The service and product quality overall is great. "